Floating For Anxiety or Stress
According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
More than 75% of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. The sad truth is that stress is a complex and potentially dangerous risk factor that causes a lot of suffering in a lot of lives.
Stress can lead to increased risk of chronic disease, as well as simply detract from the quality of daily life. That’s why we believe floating is so beneficial. Both from personal testimonies from frequent floaters around the world and by delving into the scientific research, it’s evident that float tanks have huge potential to lessen stress.
“Floating provides a window into the lowest reaches of our brain: a window that allows us to see the rhythm of our life, a window that allows us to literally feel the flow of sentience completely untethered from the external world. … [Anxiety is] a rhythm that constantly outpaces the beat of life itself, and importantly it’s a rhythm that can be slowed down by floating.”
How does floating help?
Further, floating quiets large portions of the brain. In particularly, all of these functions receive very little input while in a float tank, and get to rest:
- vision (since it’s dark)
- hearing (…and quiet)
- touch (the water is still)
- proprioception (since you no longer have to balance against gravity)
- motor control (you’re not moving)
- verbal control (…and not talking)
- thermal sensation and regulation (since the tank is already at body temperature).